Ford Anglia 105E Saloon History 

 The Ford Anglia 105E series was launched in the UK on September 30th 1959.
It was Ford's new contender in the small family saloon class to replace the then aging and increasingly uncompetitive Anglia/Prefect 100E series. Initially, the "new" Anglia was available in just two versions, Standard and Deluxe.

The Standard model was a sparse and functional Saloon with the minimum of chrome trim. It also lacked such "luxury"' as a glovebox lid, passenger sunvisor, temperature gauge and carpets. The Deluxe by comparison, had an abundance of exterior chromework to complement the Anglia's unique body styling. This included a full-width chrome front grille, chrome side-strip, chrome rear lamp units, opening rear quarter windows and optional two tone paint. The interior was also more well appointed, but a heater was still an optional extra.

Both of the models used a new overhead valve 997cc engine capable of up to 75mph. This was mated to Ford's first ever four-speed gearbox in a production Saloon. Interesting though the new engine was, it wasn't this that really caught the public's interest though, it was the radical new styling. The most obvious aspect of the car was its reverse slope rear window, with the rest of the car having more that a degree of the American influence about it. The steeply sloping front end, protruding rear fins and generous use of chromework (on the Deluxe anyway) all combined to give the 105E an attractive characterful appearance.

This two Saloon car range continued virtually unchanged until June 1961 when the 5cwt and 7cwt Vans were introduced. In September of that same year, the Ford Anglia Estate was also released.


In 1962 the Super was announced and was designated the Ford Anglia 123E. The Super not only employed the 1198cc engine from the Cortina, it also used the all synchromesh four speed Cortina gearbox as well. It was also visually more appealing than the existing two Saloon models. It had two-tone paintwork as standard, a distinctive side-stripe, extra chrome trim and a more plush interior, including a heater! The same car was also sold in Europe, along with an extra European only variant called the Anglia Sportsman. This variant carried the spare wheel on the back of the car, somewhat similar to the "Continental kit" style often seen in the United States.
In 1966 two specials were released based on both the deluxe and Super models. These cars were available in Venetian Gold or Blue Mink metallic paint finishes with black interior trim. Some 250 models were sold in each colour.

All of the Saloon versions of the Anglia continued in production with only relatively minor alterations until November 1967, by which time 954,426 had been built.


Progress Report

After Brians car sustained serious fire damage on the way home from KOE last year he has finally been paid out by the insurance, and the car has been resprayed and all the damaged parts resprayed. Brian is looking forward to taking part in the Old Skool Ford meeting at Avon Park in a few weeks.  

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